A Lipscomb University track and field athlete was killed after he was involved in a crash in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
Matt Deery, 19, was killed during a head-on crash with a truck while driving his Jeep on Wednesday in Upper Nazareth Township, PA.
Lipscomb officials said Deery mastered every sport he played, from football to running track in college and jumping over hurdles and pole vaulting for the Bisons.
"As best we can tell he was actually driving to practice the pole vault, according to his parents, trying to stay in shape for the season," said Lipscomb Athletics Director Philip Hutcheson.
Friends and teammates filled social media pages Thursday with memories of Deery. Last season, he was honored as an All-Atlantic Sun Conference honoree as a freshman. While he was applauded for his competitive skills on the field, Hutcheson said Matt was a star off the field as well.
"He was great in the classroom and great in competition. He was a guy of the highest character and with great faith," Hutcheson said.
Thursday, the track at Lipscomb on which Deery so loved to run seemed empty without him. Hearts were empty as well.
"Certainly, when everybody gets back we will get together and remember him and celebrate the great life he had," Hutcheson said.
Lipscomb Head Track and Field Coach Bill Taylor couldn't say enough about the accomplished athlete.
"As you can imagine, this is very hard for us to comprehend. Matt was an incredible person," he said. "As an athlete, he gave his all in every practice and competition and was a true team player. Despite his success, he was extremely humble. His death is a huge loss for our team and Matt will be greatly missed."
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